people are crazy part i-don't-know-how-many-and-one
it seems a good ole red-blooded american texas boy has flown his little airplane into a federal building, (this time it's the IRS), and innocent people are once again threatened far more acutely by our own collective insanity than any foreign malice. so, tell me, "patriot" act-ers, is this a "terrorist" incident? somebody flew a plane into a building, after all, and it would seem to meet the same criteria as some better-publicized incidents of a few years back. or is it just more of what people do, and something against which we need to open our society more, as opposed to less, in order to address? (i'm offering a vote right here and right now for the latter).
bad people do bad things. i would say, only treating a collection of people as a coherent and cohesive class of miscreants gives them the necessary opposition against which to organize and amplify their mayhem. only treating them as individuals (criminals, if necessary and warranted by their special crimes) gives us the proper basis to put their anti-social and psychotic behavior into the necessary focus by which to address it, and, hopefully, mitigate it in others for the future.
or, as marvin gaye so eloquently put it so many years ago now, "only love can conquer hate".
always makes me choke to hear the REAL terrorists running our geopolitics on a "faith" basis that we're a christian nation when we can't even get that simple little christian ideal right to begin with.